Rainbows are everywhere: in clothes shop, sure public storefrontsand almost all brand logos on Twitter. And while some of the benefits of the specialty Pride merchandise go to reputable non-profit organizations, other brands make derisory donations and some products are simply used to generate additional profits. (It should also be noted that many companies who place their marks with rainbows for Pride make important donations politicians who actively oppose LGBTQ rights.)
Then there is the merch and branding that takes right at the stage as well far. Either these products are too tacky for the public, or the brands themselves are too hypocritical to be involved.
As a weird person, I will be the first to admit that I love too much earth tones to be able to wear something rainbow. Nevertheless, I'm comfortable with some rainbow clothes, like a rainbow t-shirt, for example. Then there is the rainbow merch that takes it too far, as weird. Although I have faced discrimination over and over during my life to be a queer, I have always felt accepted by the Seltzer community and I have never really needed soft drinks for to be my ally.
If brands are to participate in Pride Month, they must set artistic boundaries. Some products are too bland and should never be labeled weird, while elsewhere, some products are too rainbow for the human eye.
Here are some of the most crazy Pride products and brands from 2019. Although some of these products have been published in previous years, they have all been published or reissued this year and deserve the public's attention.
Between the ban trans people from the military, naming a crowd of federal judges who oppose LGBTQ rights and are trying to eliminate protections For transgender people housed in homeless shelters, the Trump administration has defined a distinctly anti-LGBTQ program. It is particularly infuriating to see the Trump campaign market this $ 35 hats as they overthrow queer and trans rights.
And frankly, from an aesthetic point of view, it's way too much color for a hat. Do better, designers of Trump campaign hats. The products of this hat do not even go to non-profit organizations.
As a weird person, I have always felt comfortable enough to navigate the glittering water community. I have not yet been personally rejected by Perrier or Pellegrino. I do not know why Bubly decided to market their products for Pride, but here they are.
At least Bubly You have decided to partner with the Stonewall Community Foundation, which offers grants, training and scholarship opportunities to the LGBTQ community. A pack of 18 x 12-ounce cans is available on Amazon for $ 10.44.
When the Listerine mouthwash released its antiseptic Pride this spring, Queer Twitter Naturally broke out and accused the brand of pimping the company. I am gay and I absolutely do not need any mouthwash to accept me.
Congratulations to Listerine's parent company, Johnson & Johnson, for at least running its Care with Pride program, to which you have spent more than $ 1 million: LGBTQ non-profit since 2011.
LGBT: "It would be nice if people could stop mistreating us when we held hands in public, we could teach LGBT classes in schools and if the BBC could stop debating our live existence, it would really be pity."
Capitalism: "What we really feel here is that you want your own sandwich" pic.twitter.com/uIixEel2pq
– Louis Staples (@LouisStaples) May 3, 2019
British grocery chain Marks & Spencer (M & S) launched this sandwich in the spring, sparking a hilarious uproar on Twitter. Frankly, I am a little disappointed that the brand has not done more to integrate the Q part of LGBTQ. The chain could have easily incorporated a treat of all time, cheese, sandwich.
However, you think of the sandwich, M & S is nonetheless donating £ 20,000 to akt, non-profit organizations for UK LGBTQ homeless youth, and £ 1,000 to BeLonG To Youth Services, which serves LGBTQ youth in Ireland.
As a person who really prefers cheap and tasteless beers, I have nothing against Budweiser. But Budweiser has defeated pride this year. The Budweiser UK account has tweeted photos of various stylized bottles for the different identities that make up the LGBTQ community, including: bisexuals, pansexuals and asexual people. American Budweiser introduced to the collection of rainbow bottles.
Anheuser-Busch will donate for every Bud Light rainbow bottle sold $ 1 to GLAAD, one of the largest LGBTQ non-profit organizations in the country.
We are excited to announce that we are now proud to sponsor Pride in London! We work closely with them and our charity partners to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT + and Fly the Flag community for everyone at the #PrideJubilee
A foretaste of what there is to eat … pic.twitter.com/g1FYlXqJJk
– Budweiser UK (@BudweiserUK) May 31, 2019
It was all too well done.
Growing goth in adolescence, I was attached to my pair of black Dr. Martens. And honestly, I'm sorry the brand has chosen such a dynamic aesthetic to celebrate LGBTQ pride. They could have found another way to recognize the month of pride without compromising their credibility. These shoes, among other Pride products, are available for $ 145 on the brand 's website.
Dr. Martens will donate a portion of this shoe's product to Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
I congratulate American Apparel for donating 100% of the proceeds from their Pride collection to Los Angeles LGBT Center. I just can not get over this weird t-shirt that they've already sold but that they've incorporated into their Pride Month collection, which includes the following words banned by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: diversity, transgender, evidence-based, science-based, fetus, right and vulnerable.
Still, this shirt is available for the relatively affordable price of $ 24.
This month of pride, Abercrombie & Fitch will donate to the Trevor Project the proceeds from its Pride Collection and its Fierce Cologne line (up to $ 100,000), suicide intervention and non-profit crisis prevention at the service of the LGBTQ community. The nonprofit is good, but using chiseled abs and an extremely tacky cologne to earn that initial profit is bad.
A bottle of 6.7 ounces of Fierce Eau de Toilette will cost you $ 138.
I can not speak for everyone, but I did not feel discriminated against by the ghastly community of the CBD. For people seeking a worldwide representation of cannabis-based products (this one also contains 5 milligrams of THC), you have this Plus Products Gummies, available exclusively in California.
Plus Products will donate $ 1 from each sale to the LGBT Center in San Francisco.
Few brands have been the subject of more criticism for their inability to protect the LGBTQ community this month than YouTube. The company, which has created a rainbow with its avatar on Twitter, has published a list of Documentaries on Pride this year he was criticized for refusing to remove YouTuber anti-gay targeting videos Stephen Crowder Carlos Maza. LGBTQ creators also accused the platform of not doing enough to reduce harassment.
For the month of pride this year, YouTube has promoted and supported three originals LGBTQ documentaries and made them available on the free side, funded by the platform's advertising.
If YouTube – or any of these brands, really wants to celebrate pride, it must better serve the LGBTQ community internally. Or at least be a little less corny.
If you want to talk to someone or if you have suicidal thoughts, send an SMS to Crisis text line at 741-741 or call it National suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this listing is a good place to start.
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It's the idea behind it YouTube channel as a whole, but especially his series, True tea. In this document, Blake answers questions on a variety of topics, including feminism, privileges, race and transgender rights. Often, she will return this honesty by examining her own life, beliefs and identity. It also hosts a JSYK Podcast where she discusses misconceptions that people have about different lifestyles and identities. Blaque has more than 135,000 subscribers to its main YouTube channel, which has logged more than 7.7 million views, according to an analyst firm. SocialBlade
The journey towards this kind of introspection and transparency has not been simple, however. In fact, she has not always been comfortable with sharing her life with the Internet. Mashable sits with Blaque to talk about this trip, its identity and the way forward to become viral.
The interview below has been modified for its length and clarity.
Kat Blaque: YouTube has always been a very important thing in my life. I have been using it since I was 15 years old. And initially, I created your very typical article about trans bloggers, which is to document the transition and things like that. But I really started having more success after I started making educational videos. True Tea I was a very educated educational series on the political level. I had very spontaneously talked about politics and things that were going on, but now it's a lot more personal … because I thought I wanted to be a little more scrutinized when it was a good thing. to discuss political issues. So now, I talk a lot about my experiences and perspectives, and occasionally I discuss in True Tea how my life is influenced by my transsexual character.
KB: I usually focus on two things: misogyny, racism, sexism and transphobia. And I think that what makes my channel unique is that I am a trans person, but also a black woman. This leads to very specific interactions, and sometimes racism influences how I am treated, sometimes on transphobia, often a combination of both. So, I bring this kind of intersectionality in some way, by simply showing how discrimination and things have had a specific impact my life in particular.
KB: I've had a very interesting story with YouTube, because I've never really wanted to be a YouTuber. I just wanted to make videos and be able to have stuff there. But one of the reasons I stay on YouTube is that I decided to be more visible … When I was younger, I closed my eyes and imagined what my future would be, I could not imagine it. Most of the reasons I'm on YouTube are simply because there is some form of representation in the new media age. I like being there, being a face, representing trans youth, queer and interviewing people about the fact that you can live and grow up and become a functioning adult and who is transgender.
KB: Trans YouTube is interesting because you will have specific kinds of silos and it's not because you make videos that you are popular. For a while, I was on this trans collaboration channel, where it was a group of other trans women, and at that time I also made a video of "Draw My Life", which is a very classic drawing of my life. I have a background of illustration and animation, so mine was really cute (laughs)! My collaboration channel led to this YouTuber named Franchesca Ramsey to find my content. And I wanted to work with this little animated film, but at the time, I was very worried about seeing my work become a transsexual person again. I really enjoyed it when you searched for my legal name, Kathryn Wilkins, you have pictures of smiling white women and my artistic work … (There was nothing there) that said "trans".
I knew that if I worked with Franchesca, it would be a time when it was impossible for my job not to be connected to my YouTube channel, which is related to my transactional nature. I had two of these experiences. At the time … I lived with a partner and we had not really told his family that I was trans. His mother knew it because he had a history of trans women, but it was not something that most of his family knew. I was between two jobs, I had already worked at illustration shows for two children, and they had dried up. At the time, I was really obsessed with working at Buzzfeed and they contacted me … and even said, "We want you to be in this video about the stuff trans." I thought, "who the hell is going to watch a trans video of Buzzfeed?" And I wanted to work with them so badly that I thought, "Well, let's do it." So I made the video and it has allowed me to get to know a lot of people I've known for two years, including family members. It was an interesting thing because on one side, I was the victim of many new discriminations. In the end, this led my ex and I to be kicked out of our home because his family members were not comfortable with that and it was really bad. But honestly, it was like, well what was the impact? I had made this video where I had had a positive impact on people around the world and in many ways it was more important than the little shit with which I was.
It's funny, I was talking to UC Boulder a few months ago and this kid came to me and said, "I saw this video and it helped me understand that I was transgender. " For me it was worth it. I recognize that being open and being excluded – even if it very often makes me very uncomfortable – is also something that I think is better for the greater good in general. That's why I've somehow changed … just to be honest. While I felt safer with myself and my sex, and all that, going out did not bother me so much.
KB: I am talking about learning, sharing and growth. A big part of my perspective and the reason I create the content that I create is because I really believe that there are a lot of people who are just not exposed to certain points of view. A big part of what I do is to create a space for open conversation and, in theory, to encourage some kind of empathy and understanding. Many people do not really know how to be with a transsexual person before meeting a trans person. I think that very often, people go on my channel and find some kind of video that resonates with them. And it is very common for me to have followers who are just family with my feminist work where I specifically talk about sexism, then find a video where I talk about my transsexual character.
For me, even though I'm a trans person, you will never see me describe myself as a transgender blogger because that's part of my story, but it's not all history. A big part of my job is to be a woman, simply. I have so many followers that will meet me through these types of videos that will then discover that I am trans and then discover that they have resonated with me in a way that they did not expect it, then it opens their attention to a little more understanding of trans people. It's kind of what I'm trying to do with my channel, it's creating a space where people talk, listen and learn something from my experiences, because my experiences are not honestly described honestly (elsewhere) . It is important for me, if I have the ability, to spread my story.
KB: For me, the month of pride is actually complicated, because I do not really interact with spaces of pride. My story is very unusual for many other transgender people where I have not really found a refuge for the LGBT community. I somehow just made the transition and started to disappear from this crowd. So I do not necessarily have that need of pride or these spaces, but I also recognize what they are, what they represent on a larger scale. The opportunity to participate in an event and meet so many different people who also share your experience, which, in your opinion, is often rare, is enormous.
I think pride is important for that reason. Many people do not know that Pride started as a riot. It was not that long ago a capitalist enterprise. It was a riot for people who really needed to fight the status quo that was actively trying to hurt them … Pride really meant the ability for people to come together and fight for their right to fucking to exist.
Read other stories of the month of pride:
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Less those who live in the great state of California or are schooled at home by lesbian mothers, the majority of students simply do not learn the history of the LBGTQ. The little they know, they probably learned either from RuPaul (an excellent source), or from anti-gay propaganda shared at a bus station.
It's time to change that. After all, there is so much more in queer and trans history than Dallas Buyers Club and the soundtrack of To rent.
Here are some of the LBGTQ icon names that you can now keep near your heart.
Transgender Artist and militant Marsha P. Johnson was one of the most influential figures in the Stonewall riots in 1969. Johnson, a model for Andy Warhol, was one of the first to oppose the police when she started harassing guests at the Stonewall Inn, a historic and gay center. bar
With Sylvia Rivera, another trans activistJohnson founded Street Transvestite Activist Revolutionaries (STAR), a group that provides shelter, food and other essential resources for trans and non-binary youth. It was one of the first organizations in the country to serve this population.
When foreigners Asked Johnson to reveal her sex or the meaning of her initial, she would tell them that the "P" in her middle name meant "Do not pay that in mind."
She died in 1992. While her death was originally pronounced, her friends think she may have been killed killedand the file has since been reopened.
Longtime LGBTQ activist Barbara Gittings agitated for the rights of homosexuals at the end of the 50s, before the riots of Stonewall about 10 years. Gittings founded the New York Chapter of the Bilitis Girls, the country's first lesbian group, in 1958. In 1965, she was in front of the White House to participate in one of the first protests for human rights. gays and lesbians in the country.
In the 1970s, Gittings convinced the American Psychiatric Association to stop labeling homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Absolutely brilliant, Gittings helped introduce LGBTQ literature into libraries and then became the head of Gay Working Group of the American Library Association.
Is there anything other than a radical lesbian activist librarian? There is not any.
Rustin first became known for his leadership in the civil rights movement, helping to organize the first march in Washington in 1941 with A. Philip Randolph. A socialist and advocate of non-violence, Rustin became more interested in gay rights in the 1980s after being removed from office. In 1986, Rustin fought for the passage of one bill on the equality of gays At New York. This year I have argued that "Homosexuals are the new barometer of social change."
Rustin, who was unable to marry his same-sex partner, ended up by adopting it to ensure the couple had legal protection. Rustin died in 1987. In 2013, Obama paid tribute to Rustin's life by awarding him the presidential medal of freedom.
It's only a matter of time before Windsor becomes the subject of a U.S. U.S. Historic Test Prompt. She was a principal applicant in the case of the United States v. Windsor, which set the legal precedent for same-sex marriage in 2013.
Windsor became a full-time, full-time activist beginning in 1975. When her partner died in 2009, Windsor was required to pay death duties of $ 363,053 because she and her wife were unable to legally marry. in the USA. In 2010, she sued the federal government in the case that became US v. Windsor. She was actively involved in a number of gay rights organizations, including gay and lesbian advocates and advocates, the LGBT community center in New York and SAGE for older LGBT adults.
Known under the name of the "father of gay liberation" radical militant and communist Harry Hay was fired as a "Oddball" in American history precisely because of his radicalism. In 1950, the secret is founded Mattachine Company, one of the first in the country gay rights organizations. That's 19 years before the Stonewall riots.
He was forced to leave the Communist Party because of his sexuality, but nevertheless remained a communist. In the 1970s, there was a movement called "Radical Faeries", a counter-cultural neo-pagan movement with a strong environmental and anarchist tendencies. Throughout his work, he discusses the binary norms of sexuality as well as the toxic male norms.
"A separate people / We bring a gift to celebrate", wrote eleven people in an untitled poem. "It's a gift to be gay! Feel the pride of it!"
Thank you, we do it.
This story was published in 2018 and updated in 2019.
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That you give your time, give to LGBTQ-friendly organizations, become a better ally and attend a parade, you can do all kinds of things to get involved – and your efforts certainly should not be limited to a month.
Despite the setbacks that have occurred since the departure of Barack Obama, like Donald Trump decide not to officially declare the month of pride of June 2017, ban transgender people to serve in the army, and retreat the rule that transgender students must use restrooms that match their gender identity, the LGBTQ community has achieved notable success over the past year.
To name a few: South Bend, Indiana Senior Pete Buttigieg was congratulated on celebrating her presidential race with her husband; Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage; GLAAD Annual Index of Studio Responsibility found 5.4% increase in characters identified as LGBTQ in major studio films; Vice & # 39; s Broadly has created a free and inclusive photo library; the The United States has elected to Congress their first lesbian American Indian MMA fighter; a GLAAD report found a "high record of LGBTQ characters on television, "and Weird eye has been renewed for not one but two more seasons.
However, the need to fight for equality is still urgent. Here are nine ways to participate in Pride and act throughout the month of June and beyond.
Attend an event and have fun. The month of June is filled with pride parades, races, festivals, concerts and other exciting activities to participate in.
Look for local events, attend a drag show, or just gather friends and dance. Consider investing in pride flags like rainbow flags, nice options on the Disney theme, or HRC Make America Gay Again hatand get ready to celebrate.
Discover a list of events here and be sure to look for other people near you.
The human rights campaign has an excellent online resource called Go out as a supporter. It describes ways to become a better ally when someone comes to you, which you can use to support members of the LGBTQ community during and after the month of pride. You can learn more right here.
If you are looking for ways to to be a better ally for transgender women of color or harmful phrases to remove from your vocabularywe have you covered.
Some really great organizations are fighting for the equality of LGBTQ people and they need your help.
If you would like to donate at the national level, here are some places to start: Anti-violence project, Human Rights Campaign, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, , the National LGBTQ Working Group, Equality of immigration, GLBT Seniors' Service and Advocacy (SAGE), the Transgender Legal Center. and LGBTQ Journalists Association.
You can also make a difference locally by researching and donating to reputable organizations and centers across America, such as the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Equality North Carolina, where the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago. CharityWatch.org or Charity browser can help you in your search.
Giving money is a great gesture, but you can also donate your time by volunteering with organizations in need and LGBTQ community centers across the country.
You can get involved with The Trevor project and help advise LGBT youth through the free national suicide hotline, launch a campaign with the True Colors Fund helping homeless community members, or volunteering in a community local center near you
A simple but meaningful way to be part of Pride is to chat with others.
Whether you are listening to people's thoughts and experiences or sharing your personal story, having a conversation can be a great way to show support, raise awareness and spark broader discussions and actions.
Try talking with strangers, friends, family members, therapists or support groups. Try to listen to the youngest members of the LGBTQ community or connection with older memberslike that Man of 86 years who has just attended his very first pride parade.
And even if you do not participate in in-person conversations, you can still increase awareness via social media. The use of hashtags such as #pride, #lgbtq, #equality, #lovewins and #loveislove can help promote recognition and creation of online communities. You can also use Pride filters and stickers to show support and provide visual reminders for others to celebrate.
It is important to familiarize yourself with the policies of your personal workplace and the entire country.
The human rights campaign provides a useful map This highlights the policies and laws of each state, which can be discussed in more detail by calling your local representatives. As for the workplace, look for information about LGBTQ office policies and start conversations. Listen to LGBTQ colleagues and work together to see if there are ways to make the shared space more inclusive.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great places to follow LGBTQ activists and influencers to keep you informed about events happening in the community.
To start, take a look at prominent LGBTQ activists and members of the community as a writer Janet Mockactress Laverne Cox, YouTube Star Jazz Jennings, author and journalist Dan Savagestudent Gavin Grimmand comic Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito.
i've been gay all morning
the intention to spend the afternoon gay
and I'm going gay tonight
– Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) May 30, 2018
And if you're looking to expand your scope of application, Mashable also suggests following these 10 young transgender people using their voices to defend the freedom of sexuality and identity, and 14 LGBTQ influencers use their platforms to raise awareness.
revealed that only 14 major studio movies in 2017 featured LGBTQ characters – nine fewer than in 2016 – and that the number of queer characters featured also represented a decrease.
While demanding a better representation in future films, why not catch up on some movies and TV series that make to positively portray gay culture or star actors who identify as LGBTQ?
Some, like Paris burns and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, can be easily broadcast on services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. GLAAD also offers some weekly television suggestionsIf you want to explore lesser-known titles, you can consult specific genre categories on streaming platforms.
If streaming is not for you, some channels are like PBS schedule a special schedule for the month of pride, and old movies can still be rented.
Movie nights are fun, but support should not stop there.
Visit, expand your music libraryand the next time you buy books, go for those written by LGBTQ authors or these gay readings recommended by MJ Franklin of Mashable. Visit local LGBTQ businesses and discover the 2019 Campaign for Human Rights Company Equality Index, which identifies hundreds of LGBTQ-friendly businesses that you can support.
Month of pride, everyone!
This story was published in 2018 and updated in 2019.
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Of course, you should mix homosexual books with your stack of books to read, no matter the time of year, but this month, while you're celebrating pride, queer books can be the perfect way to Explore the extent and diversity of the LGBTQ community. .
Fortunately for anyone looking for a good gay reading, the book world is full of strange stories of all genres.
Whether you're looking for a meditative poem collection about the identity and mental health of homosexuals, a deep dive into New York City ballroom culture in the '80s and' 90s, a comic book about a group scouts who find themselves prey to supernatural creatures at the camp, or a new story about a shapeshifter who navigates in life and dating, there is a queer book for you.
Here are 18 very cheerful and very good books that you should read this month of pride.
Novel awarded Andrew Greer's Pulitzer Prize 2018 less Our character begins with a character in crisis: our protagonist Arthur is a struggling novelist who feels existential as he approaches his fiftieth birthday. To make matters worse, he has just received an invitation to the wedding of his ex-boyfriend. Instead of despair, Arthur says "NOPE" and instead launches into a random literary world tour. But what sells the book is Greer's heart and resounding humor, which makes this story of romantic misadventure as funny as it is serious.
Sometimes all you need is a good friend. And that's where it is You know me well to eat in. The book is about Mark and Kate, two students who have remained strangers, even though they are sitting side by side in class for a whole year. When they meet unexpectedly at a San Francisco bar, each facing a small fit (Kate just ran away from love while Mark takes care of the fact that the boy has the ## 147 ## 39; love is interested in someone else), they become quick friends Documenting the adventures of Mark and Kate with love, relationships and growing up, You know me well reveals how our friends can become our biggest lifeline.
The story was published in 2018 and updated in 2019.
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